Internet Association Endorses Internet Censorship Bill

  • A trade group representing giants of Internet business from Facebook to Microsoft has just endorsed a :undefined:“:undefined:compromise:undefined:”:undefined: version of the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), a bill that would be disastrous for free speech and online communities.

    Just a few hours after Senator Thune:undefined:’:undefined:s amended version of SESTA surfaced online, the Internet Association rushed to praise the bill:undefined:’:undefined:s sponsors for their :undefined:“:undefined:careful work and bipartisan collaboration.:undefined:”:undefined: The compromise bill has all of the same fundamental flaws as the original. Like the original, it does nothing to fight sex traffickers, butit would silence legitimate speech online.

    It shouldn:undefined:’:undefined:t really come as a surprise that the Internet Association has fallen in line to endorse SESTA. The Internet Association doesn:undefined:’:undefined:t represent the Internet:undefined:—:undefined:it represents the few companies that profit the most off of Internet activity.

    It:undefined:’:undefined:s shameful that a small group of lobbyists with an agenda of censorship have presented themselves to lawmakers as the unanimous experts in sex trafficking. It:undefined:’:undefined:s embarrassing that it:undefined:’:undefined:s worked so well.

    Amazon and eBay would be able toabsorb the increased legal risk under SESTA. They would likely be able to afford the high-powered lawyers to survive the wave in lawsuits against them. Small startups, including would-be competitors, would not. It shouldn:undefined:’:undefined:t pass our attention that the Internet giants are now endorsing a bill that will make itmuch more difficult for newcomers ever to compete with them.

    IA also doesn:undefined:’:undefined:t represent Internet users. It doesn:undefined:’:undefined:t represent themarginalized voices who:undefined:’:undefined:ll be silenced as platforms begin to over-rely on automated filters (filters that will doubtless be offered as a licensed service by large Internet companies). It doesn:undefined:’:undefined:t represent theLGBTQ teenager in South Dakota who depends every day on the safety of his online community. It doesn:undefined:’:undefined:t represent thesex worker who will be forced off of the Internet and onto a dangerous street.

    The Internet Association can tell itself and its members whatever it wants:undefined:—:undefined:that it held its ground for as long as it could despite overwhelming political opposition, that the law will motivate its members to make amazing strides in filtering technologies:undefined:—:undefined:but there is one thing that it simply cannot say: that it has done something to fight sex trafficking.

    Again andagain andagain, experts in sex trafficking have spoken out to say thatSESTA is the wrong solution, that it will put trafficking victims in more danger, that it will remove the very tools that law enforcement uses to rescue victims. It:undefined:’:undefined:s shameful thata small group of lobbyists with an agenda of censorship have presented themselves to lawmakers as the unanimous experts in sex trafficking. It:undefined:’:undefined:s embarrassing that it:undefined:’:undefined:s worked so well.

    A serious problem calls for serious solutions, and SESTA is not a serious solution. At the heart of the sex trafficking problem lies a complex set of economic, social, and legal issues. Abroken immigration system and a torn safety net. A law enforcement regime that puts trafficking victims at risk for reporting their traffickers. Officers who aren:undefined:’:undefined:t adequately trained to use the online tools at their disposal, or use them against victims. And yes, if there are cases whereonline platforms themselves directly contribute to unlawful activity, it:undefined:’:undefined:s a problem that theDepartment of Justice won:undefined:’:undefined:t use the powers Congress has already given it. These are the factors that deserve intense deliberation and debate by lawmakers, not a hamfisted attempt to punish online communities.

    The Internet Association let the Internet down today. Congress should not make the same mistake.

    Stop SESTA

    Tell Congress: The Internet Association Does Not Speak for The Internet


  • Make ISO from DVD

    In this case I had an OS install disk which was required to be on a virtual node with no optical drive, so I needed to transfer an image to the server to create a VM

    Find out which device the DVD is:



    NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT sda 8:0 0 465.8G 0 disk ├─sda1 8:1 0 1G 0 part /boot └─sda2 8:2 0 464.8G 0 part ├─centos-root 253:0 0 50G 0 lvm / ├─centos-swap 253:1 0 11.8G 0 lvm [SWAP] └─centos-home 253:2 0 403G 0 lvm /home sdb 8:16 1 14.5G 0 disk /mnt sr0 11:0 1 4.1G 0 rom /run/media/rick/CCSA_X64FRE_EN-US_DV5

    Therefore /dev/sr0 is the location , or disk to be made into an ISO

    I prefer simplicity, and sometimes deal with the fallout after the fact, however Ive repeated this countless times with success.

    dd if=/dev/sr0 of=win10.iso

    Where if=Input file and of=output file

    I chill out and do something else while the image is being copied/created, and the final output:

    8555456+0 records in 8555456+0 records out 4380393472 bytes (4.4 GB) copied, 331.937 s, 13.2 MB/s


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  • Recreate postrgresql database template encode to ASCII

    UPDATE pg_database SET datistemplate = FALSE WHERE datname = 'template1';

    Now we can drop it:

    DROP DATABASE template1;

    Create database from template0, with a new default encoding:

    CREATE DATABASE template1 WITH TEMPLATE = template0 ENCODING = 'UNICODE'; UPDATE pg_database SET datistemplate = TRUE WHERE datname = 'template1'; \c template1 VACUUM FREEZE;

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